The guide you were waiting for to get started in advertising photography successfully

It is very possible that it has caught your attention advertising photography throughout your photographic journey and even before. If so, photography has fulfilled its function because, in reality, that is what it is about; of call your attention. Yours and everyone who watches it :).

Although I dare to assure you that as a photographer, with that you are not enough, surely you want to know how it has been done, how this or that effect has been achieved, what is the previous idea or the intention of the image.

Advertising photography is, without a doubt, a complex and profound photographic genre, with many branches of specialization. We are going to try to see them all in a general way so that, if you are considering entering the world of advertising photography, you know more or less where to direct your steps.

What is advertising photography?

Advertising is based on convey a message to a group of people with a specific intention, normally that of consume a product or experience.

Advertising-type photography is based on visual impact; search that the image does not go unnoticed and that the message penetrates deeply in those who observe it.

Normally they look for an attractive product, an idyllic situation, a way of life that seduces and excites us, in short, they seek to convince us that we really need that product for our well-being or happiness.

What does it take to be an advertising photographer?

Although most advertising photographers specialize in a specific type of photography and probably require specific knowledge to carry out their work, there are common characteristics that an advertising photographer should have.

  1. High technical knowledge: An advertising photographer must be able to achieve everything they ask for at the image level. Therefore, a high level of technical knowledge is essential. Master light, composition, color, movement, etc. is a basic requirement for this type of photography.
  2. Knowledge of photographic equipment: knowing how to use perfectly different types of cameras that may be needed, the best lenses, tripods, flashes, etc.
  3. Be creative: the originality it is a staple of advertising photography. That’s where he mostly resides. the force of its impact. Therefore, being highly creative and imaginative is an essential quality.
  4. High degree of responsibility: the photographer is part of the process and ultimately responsible for the result, so their level of responsibility is very high. It is usually left in the hands of the photographer everything that
  5. Learn to improvise: You will have to make decisions and solve all the problems that may arise along the way to get your image, so knowing how to improvise will be very useful.
  6. Have the ability to adapt: everything goes a little in the same line; solve problems that may arise in an agile way, be able to invent and adapt to everything that arises.
  7. Gift of people: In general, all photographers will need this feature, but in advertising photography you will have to deal with many people, not only with your client, but also with all the people who may be involved in the entire image process. Depending on the complexity of the commission, they will be more or less, but, in general, it is a type of photography in which you will deal with many people.

Types of advertising photography

As I told you at the beginning, people tend to specialize, since it is a specific and complex field. The most common types of photography are the following:

Product photography

Product photography is a classic of advertising photography. We find product photography wherever we look around us: on food packaging, magazines, restaurants, in shop windows, etc. The general idea is that the product should appear in perfect condition and in a desirable shape.


Fashion photography goes far beyond showing us a dress or pants, which too ;), but in general, seeks to transmit us a way of life, tries to excite us and wish we had what we are seeing. Within fashion photography, you can cover fashion shows, editorials, catalogues, campaigns, etc.

Of food

You will have already realized that gastronomic photography is an art, with it the idea of ​​”eating through the eyes” becomes a reality and that is that the objective of this type of photography is this, to show food in the most appetizing way possible. .


Brand images of various companies. Consultancies, universities, schools, construction and companies of all kinds. They are usually intended for their web pages.

Process of an advertising photography

When I say that you have to have people skills to work especially in advertising photography, it is because you usually have to intervene in the entire creative process from the beginning to the end, with the number of people that this entails, involved with the photographer. to get the end result.

Although it is evident that it is not the same to photograph the product of the menu of the bar next to your house or your friend’s handmade bracelets, than to work for Coca-Cola, we are going to put ourselves in the case of a great brand to see Broadly speaking, all the steps that are followed on a regular basis.

1. Briefing. It collects all the information related to the image you want to achieve: target audience, client objectives, strategies, etc.

2. Idea. It is shaped the briefing in a concrete idea in the form of a sketch, this could be done by the photographer himself, an advertising agency, or both. Here you should see the layout and composition of the elements (logos, product, etc.).

3. Planning: Once we have the clear sketch, it’s up to the photographer to capture that idea in a photograph:

  • To locate the ideal place to do the session
  • get the permissions necessary
  • Contract to the ideal people in case they should appear in the photos by means of a casting
  • Hire the necessary assistants to form the work team, etc.

4. Work material: In case of working with large clients, they are in charge of providing the photographer with all the necessary material to get the image: cameras, lighting sets, drones, cranes, cars… Whatever you may need. On a small scale, it is very possible that part of the material you will have to put it yourself, or get by with some imagination ;).

5. Scenography: Assemble the place where you are going to take the photos, be it as simple as a surface or more complicated as a room or a larger scene. In any case, everything must be controlled to the millimeter: the light, the composition, the elements that appear, the reflections, etc.

You already know that the more perfect an image is on camera, the better the result.

6. Edition: The photographer is usually also in charge of making the final touches in the edition. Correct-change colors, remove or add elements, touch up skins, etc, etc.


Take a look at these photographers to see what advertising photography is capable of doing ;).


If you are interested in the path to advertising photography, it is best that you train well in terms of technique, from mastering all kinds of photographic material, to controlling light and color, composition, different trends, etc.

Although it is a complex world, it is also true that the ideal is to start practicing with small jobs where you have control and the investment is not exaggerated, such as photography of small products.

Little by little, you can work your way up the ladder of complexity, just as you would with any other type of photography. You already know that you are not born knowing and that everything is a matter of practice and trial and error.

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